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2017-08-12 19:29:31

Solar Eclipse - Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation

2017-08-12 19:25:53

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark will carry out amateur radio citizen science experiments during the Solar Eclipse on August 21
Patch reports:
Here are two experiments that NJIT faculty members plan to carry out:
“Amateur (ham) radio operators will help study these effects through large-scale citizen science radio experiments using signals they transmit on shortwave bands,” NJIT administrators said. “These experiments are coordinated by HamSCI: the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation, an organization aimed at bringing together the ham radio and space physics communities.”
“HamSCI is led by Nathaniel Frissell W2NAF, who founded the organization along with fellow space physicist-ham radio operators while earning a Ph.D. at Virginia Tech working with SuperDARN HF radars,” NJIT administrators stated.
“In other research conducted by NJIT and collaborators, partial phases of the eclipse will be imaged at radio frequencies with the Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope in New Mexico operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), and with NJIT's Expanded Owens Valley Solar Array radio telescope in California,” NJIT stated.
Read the full story at…/solar-eclipse-inspires-cool-science-exp…
Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation
Solar Eclipse and Ham Radio article online…/solar-eclipse-and-ham-radio-a…

Watch out for Perseid fireballs this weekend

2017-08-12 19:25:08

The Perseid meteor shower, which peaks this weekend (Aug. 12-13), produces more fireballs than any other known annual meteor shower. (Fireballs are meteors brighter than Jupiter or Venus.)

This characteristic of the Perseids is important because in 2017 the shower peaks under the light of a bright gibbous Moon. Perseid fireballs should be visible in spite of lunar interference, producing a pleasing display for anyone outdoors before sunrise on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit for observing tips.

Hawai'i QSO Party 2017

2017-08-12 19:24:17

HI QSO 2017

To ALL radio amateurs:

Time to have some fun. The Hawai’i QSO Party will be held again this year in just a few days, and you’re invited. It’s time to get “radio-active”. The rules have been revised to be more in – tune with other state QSO parties, but it’s basically the same as before. Get on the air, make a bunch of QSOs, have some radio fun.

Please take a look at the web site:
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AMSAT-NA elects Executive Vice President

2017-08-10 09:32:06

AMSAT-NA Vice President, Educational Relations, Joe Spier, K6WAO of Reno, NV, has been elected by the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors as Executive Vice President during a Board Meeting via a conference call that took place on August 8, 2017.

Joe's new duties will include implementation of AMSAT-NA's Strategic Planning. He will continue in his other duties as 2017 Space Symposium Chairman, AMSAT News Service Co-Editor, ARISS-NA Education, and Educational Relations until new personnel can be appointed or the task assigned is completed.

Under the AMSAT ByLaws, the position of Executive Vice President is one of seven senior officer positions that are approved by the AMSAT Board of Directors.

Included in the ByLaw stated duties, “the Executive Vice President shall act in the place of the President in the President's absence, and shall have such other duties as the Board may determine.”
[Bylaws, Article II, Section 5B]....
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Pacific Radio Hams gear-up for solar eclipse

2017-08-10 09:30:54

The eMissourian reports amateur radio operators in the city of Pacific MO are gearing up to provide emergency communication during the August 21 total solar eclipse

Alderman Steve Myers asked local hams to be on hand during the eclipse in case someone needs an ambulance or police during a cell tower overload.

Speaking at the July 18 board of aldermen meeting, Myers said the request for hams is just a precaution.

The number of visitors predicted to converge on Pacific to watch the eclipse ranges from 5,000 to 20,000. The city will try to direct eclipse watchers to Liberty Field or the city park as the best place to view the eclipse. A ham station will be set up in each park along with a station at Pacific City Hall.

Read the full story at…/article_ac1f48f2-eb19-5438-883…


Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn

2017-08-10 09:30:02

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet.

Cassini will make the first of these five passes over Saturn at 12:22 a.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 14. The spacecraft's point of closest approach to Saturn during these passes will be between about 1,010 and 1,060 miles (1,630 and 1,710 kilometers) above Saturn's cloud tops.

The spacecraft is expected to encounter atmosphere dense enough to require the use of its small rocket thrusters to maintain stability – conditions similar to those encountered during many of Cassini's close flybys of Saturn's moon Titan, which has its own dense atmosphere.

"Cassini's Titan flybys prepared us for these rapid passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere," said Earl Maize, Cassini project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California. "Thanks to our past experience, the team is confident that we understand how the spacecraft will behave at the atmospheric densities our models predict."...
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ILLW activation

2017-08-10 09:29:13

VY2PLH will activate East Point Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island, Canada for the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend on August 19 at OO:OO UTC for 48 hours.

East Point ( has been declared the Confederation Lighthouse (…/prince-…/pei-confederation-lighthouse-1.3765495) to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

Activity on all HF bands corresponding to the USA General class plus PSK 31 and limited CW.

ILLW CA0048, ARLHS CAN-165,IOTA NA-029,Grid FN96ak, N46 27.15 W61 58.31

George VY2GF

Using DF Techniques to Track Down Pirates

2017-08-10 09:28:37
Pirate radio seems to be in the trade news quite a bit these days. It has certainly been a hot topic of discussion at the FCC and among licensed broadcasters. Pirates are springing up all over the place, in virtually every market, often causing interference to licensed broadcasters and sometimes boldly competing with them for advertising dollars.

The situation is made doubly bad by the staffing situation at the FCC Enforcement Bureau. With the closure of a good number of field offices and the remaining offices significantly understaffed (often with just one agent in place to cover several states), pirates know the odds are on their side. They probably will get away with it, at least for a while.
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CTF 75 Successfully Tests HF to Reach U.S. Mainland

2017-08-07 16:43:56

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Torrey Lee
Commander, Task Force 75

Commander, Task Force (CTF) 75 successfully completed communications systems tests using high-frequency (HF) radio waves to broadcast voice and data 6,050 miles from Naval Base Guam to Port Hueneme, California, July 27, 2017.

The assessment tested the capabilities of expeditionary forces to use HF waves to deliver data over the Pacific. HF has become a viable alternative for military forces when more common forms of communication, such as satellites, are unavailable.

“In this particular back-up plan, we tested our ability to talk, and we were able to send text to one of our units that is across the Pacific Ocean,” said Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Carmon, a communications planner temporarily assigned to CTF-75. “The transmissions and receptions are not as fast as IP services, however we were still able to communicate in a timely manner with the distant end.”...
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Website redesigned again

2017-08-06 20:36:23

After issues from the last design came up, and with other issues still present, I have put the new version of the website online. Anyone who would like to post classifieds, contact me and we will create an account for you to manage your ads.

Some features have disappeared.. please remind me and I will get them back.

I am looking for volunteer editors to help get the content back up to date. Some of our pages are almost 5 years out of date, and I definitely don't have the time anymore.

Thanks for your time and patience.

Jeff Mathews

Hara Arena — Hamvention’s Former Home — to be Auctioned by IRS

2017-08-04 12:27:29

Hara Arena, the former home of Hamvention®, is going on the auction block, the IRS has announced. The now-beleaguered building and grounds were closed a year ago last month by its owners, the Wampler Family, which had attempted for years, unsuccessfully, to put Hara on a profitable plane. The minimum bid is $850,000; proceeds will satisfy a tax lien. The auction comes in the wake of an Order of Sale entered in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The IRS will take bids on August 30 on the 1001 Shiloh Springs Road site, starting at 11 AM ET (bidders must be registered by 10 AM ET). An “open house” for prospective bidders will be held on August 29. According to the announcement, “any rights, titles, claims, liens and interest” in the buildings and land will be discharged once a sale is confirmed. The auction brochure includes several recent photos of the Hara Complex....
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Amateur Radio Participation is Key to University Solar Eclipse Experiment

2017-08-04 08:57:01

Virginia Tech electrical engineering professor Greg Earle, W4GDE, is heading up a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded solar eclipse experiment dubbed CEDAR — Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions. The experiment proposes to study the effects on the ionosphere of the August 21 total eclipse of the sun, using a combination of GPS receivers, the university’s SuperDARN (Super Dual Auroral Radar Network) radar system, HF Amateur Radio, and plasma modeling. Several graduate students and researchers, as well as the Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association (K4KDJ) and the Amateur Radio community at large have been recruited to help....
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National Lighthouse Day

2017-08-04 08:55:38
Event Happens: Aug 05, 2017 (10:30 AM - 02:30 PM)
August 5, 2017 Saturday, 10:30am to 2:30pm-National Lighthouse Day- Join us at the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and celebrate National Lighthouse Day. See our historical lighthouse exhibits, play historic games and make your own Lighthouse pennant. We look forward to seeing you at the tallest lighthouse in Florida. All activities are included with regular admission, no advance reservations required. Please contact Mary Wentzel at, or (386) 761-1821 ext. 18, for more information. To find these activities and much more visit our website

Ominous Region that Launched Super Storms Returns: Solar Storm Forecast 08-04-2017

2017-08-04 08:23:42

“The huge sunspot that gave us a moderate solar storm at Earth two weeks ago and launched a super solar storm on the Sun’s backside has returned to earth view. Find out if it still has the moxie to send us another big storm. Learn details of what would have happened if the super storm launched on the backside had hit Earth and see what else is in store.”

FT-8, the new HF/6m digital mode, introduction for beginners

2017-08-03 08:54:12

FT-8, the new HF/6m digital mode, introduction for

Here is a new digital mode that comes to you from the makers of JT-9 and JT-65.. Called FT-8 (Franke-Taylor design, 8FSK modulation)

A weak signal mode that is not as sensitive to JT-65/9 but definitely something that will work when voice and CW will not. This is an introduction to someone who has never heard of it, or never has used JT-65 before. It may not be for everyone, but everyone should try it.

WSJT software
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Oklahoma Radio Amateurs to Participate in FEMA Exercise

2017-08-03 08:53:57

Emergency Management officials have announced participation in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VI exercise “Vigilant Guard” on Amateur Radio channels, August 3-6, 8 AM until 6 PM local time.

“Using Amateur Radio channels, this exercise will demonstrate the capability for reaching back to our state and federal partners,” said Altus, Oklahoma, Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston, KC5FM, “This would be important during a regional cataclysmic event, such as an ice storm or large earthquake.”

Colston, who also has National Communications System, privileges said the exercise would utilize 60-meter channels 1-5.

YOTA 2017 Participants to Speak with Paulo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, aboard ISS

2017-08-03 08:52:16

Young radio amateurs attending the YOTA 2017 event at Gilwell Park will get a chance to talk via Amateur Radio with astronaut Paulo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, on the International Space Station (ISS), thanks to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

Nespoli, a newcomer to the ISS crew, will operate NA1SS in the ISS Columbus module, to talk with those attending YOTA 2017, taking place August 5-12 at Gilwell Park on the Essex/London border. The call sign of the Gilwell Park station will be GB4YOTA, and the contact is planned to take place on Tuesday, August 8, at 1838 UTC.

RSGB is hosting YOTA 2017, and 80 young radio amateurs from all over IARU Region 1 (Europe/Africa) as well as from Japan will be attending.


The 52nd Annual Melbourne Hamfest and ARRL Florida State Convention is October 13th and 14th. Again this year, the ARRL has selected the Melbourne Hamfest as this year's ARRL State Convention. We have provided lots of information on the PCARS Website at which we will be updating often. If you would like to order a Commercial Table, Swap Table, or just get Advanced Tickets, you will find the forms on our website under the 'Hamfest 2017' tab that you can mail in. A special treat this year will be a forum presented by Tom Gallagher, ARRL Chief Executive Officer. The forum will be on Friday, October 13th, with the subject being Emergency Communications. The exact time is TBD, but will be posted on our website soon. We hope to see you back at the Melbourne Hamfest again this year. 73, John Lundberg, W2TX Hamfest Chairman

2017-08-02 19:40:43

Every Wednesday the Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association (DBARA) has members who bring portable batteries, transceivers, and antennas to a local park and they setup low power amateur radio stations.

They contact other amateur radio stations and log their success at communicating over distances while using a minimum amount of power.
For more information visit them at DBARA.ORG

PCARS - Melbourne Hamfest - October 13th and 14th

2017-08-01 19:28:21

The 52nd Annual Melbourne Hamfest and ARRL Florida State Convention is October 13th and 14th. Again this year, the ARRL has selected the Melbourne Hamfest as this year's ARRL State Convention.
We have provided lots of information on the PCARS Website at which we will be updating often.
If you would like to order a Commercial Table, Swap Table, or just get Advanced Tickets, you will find the forms on our website under the 'Hamfest 2017' tab that you can mail in.
A special treat this year will be a forum presented by Tom Gallagher, ARRL Chief Executive Officer. The forum will be on Friday, October 13th, with the subject being Emergency Communications. The exact time is TBD, but will be posted on our website soon.
We hope to see you back at the Melbourne Hamfest again this year.
John Lundberg, W2TX
Hamfest Chairman

The 2017 CQ World-Wide DX Contest [ Rules Update ]

2017-08-01 14:56:22

The 2017 CQ World-Wide DX Contest

SSB: October 28-29      CW: November 25-26

Starts 00:00:00 UTC Saturday    Ends 23:59:59 UTC Sunday

I. OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many CQ zones and countries as possible.

II. BANDS: Six bands only: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged.

III. CONTEST EXCHANGE: SSB: RS report plus CQ Zone number of the station location (e.g., 59 05). CW: RST report plus CQ Zone (e.g., 599 05).


A. Score: The final score is the result of the total QSO points multiplied by the sum of zone and country multipliers. Example: 1000 QSO points * (30 Zones + 70 Countries) = 100,000 (final score).

B. QSO Points: Stations may be contacted once on each band. QSO points are based on the location of the station worked....
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This is a panoramic view (180 deg) of the inside of the 20 x 10 tent.

2017-06-26 19:11:22

The tin foil is to prevent aliens and NSA from listening in. (Not really) These thin mylar thermal blankets are used to keep the air conditioning in. They were effective but very difficult to work with and attach. We'll have to find a better solution.

The 19000 BTU/HR from the two air conditioners were able to hit the low eighties in the bright sun. After the sun went down, they reached room temperature with a low of 72°F overnight.

WU1Y is in the background, Kegan (KN4EGV!) is the dude in front.

Preliminary Results from Field Day:

2017-06-26 18:06:54

Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band CW Phone Dig Total %
----       --      -----      ---   -----   ---
80      0          4        0      4     3
40      0        42        1    43   31
20    90          0        0    90   66
--      -----       ---  -----    ---
Total 90       46        1  137 100

We worked a total of 41 states including Hawaii
2 Canadian Provinces
Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic


Field Day Weather was a of 91°F with 94%RH
Rain and Thunderstorms on Friday Evening were a close call,
with Heavy Thunderstorms 10 miles away. Fortunately, the sea
breeze held them off and they dissipated just before reaching us.

Friday was a bit better with 89°F and 89%RH. But we took a pretty
heavy drenching from a storm as we were shutting down. '

The generator load was only 20% (2KW) and we consumed less
than 10 Gallons of Diesel over 28 hours....
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